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The Weekly Turbo: Playing the Ace of Hearts

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  • Things we LOVE this week: Kurganov & PokerStars, Pop's #888LiveFestival ME win & Weitman's title.

As you’re prepping for a romantic Valentine’s Day with your loved one, why not catch up on the week’s best poker stories with the Weekly Turbo?

You can thank us later.

The Winner’s Circle

Michael Zhang

Michael Zhang turned £1,100 into £113,000, winning the 2017 GUKPT London Main Event.

Phillip Gruissem won the $500,000 guaranteed Powerfest Main Event for $80,779 at partypoker and reached the final six in the $1,000,000 guaranteed Powerfest Main Event for an additional $41,320. This and more in the Sunday Briefing.

Daniel Weinman, a 29-year-old poker player who’s credited with inventing the Fantasyland variation of open-face Chinese poker, won his first World Poker Tour title Feb. 3 at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open.

Catalin Pop took down the 888Live Rozvadov Main Event and won €80,000 after beating a total field of 531 players that wound down to a final table with some of the top professional players.

Jeremy Galin got the best of a three-way chop in Event #4, the NL Hold’em Deepstack Turbo, at the Playground Winter Festival.

Basharat “Bash” Mahmood won £20,550 after winning the £100,000 guaranteed DTD200 tournament last weekend. The tournament had 506 players buy in for £220, creating a £101,200 prize pool.

Jordan Young and fast-rising star Ankush Mandavia came out on top of a 695-player field at the first Mid-States Poker Tour $1,100 Poker Bowl, each netting over $100,000 in the event that played out at Venetian on Super Bowl weekend. Young defeated Mandavia for a small payout difference and the trophy.

At Heartland Poker Tour Boomtown New Orleans, Allen Kessler finished second in the $1,100 Main Event to Seth Foster, who collected $59,891 for first place.

Belarus' "Enigmasility" was easily the biggest single winner of the month after taking down Event #57 $1,500,000 Super XL - Main Event on Jan. 29 for $262,200. Another familiar name, Adrian Mateos, would also win big. This and more in the roundup of 888poker results from January.

A very busy day at Playground Poker Club on Tuesday saw two more champions (Isaac Buswell and Ruben Perceval) crowned and 17 players earned a Survivor title.

Jordan Saccucci picked up the $17,000 top prize and 11 bounties for an extra $5,500 in the Playground Winter Festival $1,100 NL Hold’em 50/50 Bounty.

Nicolas Le Floch will be one to watch during the Main Event at the Playground Winter Festival. Le Floch won Event #9: $550 PL Omaha 8-Max Re-Entry at the Playground Winter Festival for $8,495.

The Game Changers

The PN Blog

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Igor Kurganov joins PokerStars Team Pro.

PokerStars announced that players outside France and its overseas territories will no longer be able to play on PokerStars France as of Feb. 13 via an email to affected customers with accounts on the domain.

The Triton Series Manila 2017 is set to be even bigger than in 2016, doubling the Main Event buy-in. The series starts back up Feb. 17 from the Philippines.

Sean Chaffin discusses how Libratus' win just doesn't compare to mano-a-mano poker battles and won't have as big an impact on the industry as many think.

The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl sold out in one day, overselling 54 seats to the 35 that were randomly selected and the 15 left for ARIA to pick.

PokerStars announced Feb. 7 new 2017 PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival stops in Chile, Spain, South Korea, the Philippines and Uruguay.

Max Pescatori is selling his WSOP bracelet on eBay and giving 100 percent of the proceeds to charitable efforts to recover from an earthquake in Amatrice, Italy.

Poker & Pop Culture: Joseph McCarthy was a "demonic" poker player, and a vicious cold warrior, too.

PokerStars will host less events for better player experiences at PokerStars Championship Panama.

Luck, or chance, plays a major role in the short-term success of a poker player. Here are the luckiest countries.

Nick Petrangelo remains the overall top-ranked tournament player in the world according to the GPI. Bryn Kenney and Mustapha Kanit keep trading the GPI Player of the Year lead.

The Western New York Poker Challenge is back March 31-April 10 at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.

Two British entrepreneurs plead guilty to gambling offenses involving FIFA 17.

This year's Super Bowl set a new standard for the amount of money bet at Nevada sportsbooks. Crown receives approval to build tallest tower in Australia. Georgia lawmakers look at casino bill.This and more in Inside Gaming.

Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

Daniel Negreanu

You can't win a tournament in the first level, but you sure can lose it, advises Daniel Negreanu.

PokerNews recast the wild, swingy win probability graph of Super Bowl LI as a series of Texas hold'em hands.

Dominik Nitsche analyzes a $25/$50 NL cash game hand he played on 888poker.

Play for a share of a combined €30,000 at RedKings during February.

Ashley Adams has tips for those looking to take shots at higher limits or move up permanently.

Play for a share of $20,000 at TigerGaming in cash games, multi-table tourneys and sit & go tourneys.

Against total novices you need to consider adjusting your typical strategy, advises Jonathan Little.

Don'tfocus so much on preflop play in NLHE that you neglect to improve your postflop reading skills.

Henri Buehler tells of trying an out-of-position float & bluff in the 888Live Rozvadov High Roller.

Celebrate Valentine's Day this year by winning a $5,000 WSOP package to play the game you love!

Did you see when Shurane Vijayaram called Ben Heath's bluff? Yeah, that sick call won him the event. Here are the top five hands of the Aussie Millions.

888poker's interactive online tool "The Game" provides rules and strategy for several poker variants.

Don't fret if you can't afford large deposits. Help yourself to this 888poker deposit bonus.

Check Tape

Jonas Kraft

Jonas Kraft came away with the victory at the 888Live Rozvadov €5,300 High Roller.

Dominik Nitsche analyzes a high-stakes heads-up hand he played recently that won him $20K.

David Tuchman acts out professional poker players to get Sarah Herring to guess who he is trying to be in another game of Heads Up.

Herring gets inside the mind of Mentalist Itzik Marko.

Änna Wegscheider has been playing poker for seven years and represented the Diamonds in the Queens Clash at 888Live Rozvadov.

Martin Kabrhel denies the allegation that he stalls to create frustration at the table at 888live Rozvadov.

Herring gets Kara Scott's opinion on everything from reality TV to the 30-second shot clock.

PokerNews witnesses the first Queen's Clash which features two teams of three woman each battling heads up!

Henri Buehler analyzes a hand and comes to a very important conclusion: Never bluff a calling station.

Sofia Lövgren reveals that she has a deep belief in goal setting and shares what she hopes to achieve in 2017.

Herring asks Niall Farrell to answer the most searched questions about Scotland and its inhabitants.

Herring talks to King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik about inviting the celebrities at the 888Live in Rozvadov to his home to check out his toys, including a helicopter.

Herring calls the clock on Polish beauty Joanna Kwak.

Herring shares some of thebest moments from the week here at King's Casino in Rozvadov and some exciting news from 888poker.

Herring calls the clock on Jason Koon with questions like, “What is your go-to cheat day meal?”

Kelly Winterhalter joins Matthew Parvis on his solo podcast this week, discussing poker beginnings and her Poker Night in America appearance.

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